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Steps To Take If Your Employer Ignores Mold Problems

Aug 18, 2007
Everybody found that great job that they do not want to let go of, but sometimes something gets in the way that you just cannot do anything about.

Or can you? What do you do if you discover that mold is growing at the place you work and your employer does not want to do anything about it? How do you complain about the mold and keep your job at the same time?

Sometimes it is easy to get an employer to take care of a mold problem once they realize that it can be a problem to their own health, as well.

But, what about those employers who do not seem to care what the mold does to their employees or their customers? It is dangerous and can cause many kinds of health problems, so what do you do? Do you keep quiet about it?

Keep complaining and risk your job? It does not really matter what state that you live in, the truth is that if an employer wants to get rid of you, they are allowed to do so for almost whatever reason they want to and this is what makes issues such as this difficult to maneuver around if you want to keep your job.

Try talking to your boss about the issue first and explain to him everything that mold can do to a persons health. Explain that he could be liable for the damages both to his employees and anyone else who enters the building.

Tell him about the structural damage it could also be causing or how it might be damaging the product you are producing in some way. Most of the time this is enough, but what if they just do not care?

There are a few different things that you can do. You can stop complaining about it and let it get quiet for a while, then talk to someone at your state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration about the problem or your local county health department. Mold in the workplace is a safety violation for the employer.

If you work in a public building such as a hospital or a library and nothing is done about the mold problems, see if you can take some pictures of the infestation and get them to your local newspaper or television news station.

This should draw enough attention to the problem that it gets taken care of, but unfortunately your job may suffer for it. Your employer can fire you for whatever he or she wants, but if they fire you for complaining about the mold, you can sue.

What usually happens is they will do anything they can to find a reason to get rid of you, but if you suspect that this is what they are doing to retaliate for your exposing of the mold problem, contact your lawyer.
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